Cuts to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital program could lead to billions of dollars in lost funding for New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned in a statement.

Cuomo in a statement on Thursday urged Congress to restore the cuts to the DSH program.

“The impending Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital program cuts would decimate hospitals that provide uncompensated care to uninsured and low-income New Yorkers by taking away over $2.6 billion over the next 18 months and more than $14.5 billion cumulatively through 2025,” he said.

“Health care is a right, not a privilege, and Congress must stand up for the safety of our most vulnerable neighbors. I am calling on Congress to immediately rescind these impending cuts before they take effect on October 1st. If they don’t, they will put critical health care services at risk for millions of New Yorkers.”

The current DSH funding formula has been in place since 1992 and hospitals for years have pushed back against reductions. The cuts were triggered in part by a court ruling on a federal government rule that lowered reimbursement rates for hospitals Medicaid-eligible patients.